Kolektiv Goluboy Vagon - Mapping Migration and Memory

Authors: Stepha Velednitsky*, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Topics: Migration, Cartography, Queer and Trans Geographies
Keywords: migration, queer, Soviet, Jewish, story map, cartography
Session Type: Virtual Poster
Day: 4/8/2021
Start / End Time: 1:30 PM / 2:45 PM
Room: Virtual 52
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Kolektiv Goluboy Vagon is a U.S./Canadian collective of gender-marginalized, queer and trans, post-Soviet Jewish first- and second-generation immigrant-settlers who have been gathering virtually in co-facilitated sessions since October 2019. Our group began in the context of a dissertation project on immigrant whiteness, but met a larger existing yearning for connection around shared life experiences, positionalities, questions, and a politic of collective liberation. Our current work includes political education, cultural production, ritual-making, ancestral healing, mutual aid, and relationship building. As we articulate our values, we seek to form coalitions with other immigrant groups and to be in accountability to impacted people, including BIPOC, Palestinians, and post-Soviet Jews of color in the U.S. This poster showcases some of the maps and visualizations we have produced in the course of our time together. One map highlights the divergences and convergences in our families’ migration paths. Another focuses on our family members’ narratives of the Soviet spaces that were emotionally significant to them.

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